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avoiding jury duty

I think about a teenage boy named Bounmy, who left his village in Laos to find work in neighbouring Thailand. He signed on to work on a fishing boat, with the assurance that he would be paid for all of his work once the boat returned to shore. He was tricked.
I said I had been an acquaintance and had maintained contact with [serial killer] Clifford Olson for over 20 years; that I considered myself a friend of Leonard Peltier, who was serving a life for the murder of two FBI agents; and I was a friend of the late Laurie ["Bambi"] Bembenk who had been convicted of murder.